The shiny, evergreen, cabbage-like leaves of Bergenia have a unique leathery appearance that is really eye-catching.
From early to late spring, masses of pink flowers appear in clusters on thick stems just above the foliage. During the autumn and winter months, the leaves take on remarkable reddish-bronze hues which remain until spring when they turn back to green.
Bergenia can be used in a variety of ways. It is most impressive when used as a durable, evergreen groundcover, but it can also be used in containers and rock gardens. It is quite effective at softening the hard edges of paving and also works well as an edging or filler plant in flower borders.
Bergenia thrives in almost any amount of sunlight, but partial shade is ideal. Plants will always perform the best in rich, moisture-retentive soil. However, it dislikes heavy soils and standing water.